Most people dream of having an epithet that reads, “slipped away peacefully and gracefully.” This does show the human need for a peaceful death. Studies show that it is the suffering most dying people fear and not death itself.
There is a sudden increase in elderly euthanasia foreign tourists visiting Mexican pet shops.
Euthanasia means ending one’s life voluntarily and it is illegal in many countries. This is a controversial subject with many moral dilemmas associated with it. There are euthanasia supporters that say it is a merciful method of death and the opponents say that this is sinful.
Now euthanasia tourists visit Mexican pet shops not to shop for pets, but to get hold of a drug that is used for pets. This drug is used by veterinarians to put dogs and cats to sleep. It may seem sad but it is true that these elderly and not so elderly people are buying this drug for themselves.
Right to die advocates say that tourists from far away countries, such as Australia visit Mexico to buy liquid pentobarbital, which causes a painless death in humans in less than an hour.
Many people from other countries bring photos of the bottled drug to avoid any language problems. They also come with maps drawn by euthanasia activists to be able to locate the streets where the pet shops and the veterinary supply stores are located near the U.S. border. There they can buy a bottle of death that costs anywhere between $35 to $50 for one person and they are not asked any questions.
Many terminally ill people who want to die are too weak to try to die and do not have the means to end their lives themselves, and their loved ones just cannot get themselves to help. Bron Norman, a normal and healthy 65-year-old Australian woman who had flown to Mexico by spending $2800, to get pentobarbital says, “We have a moral right to a peaceful death. I don’t want to die with a total loss of dignity, incontinent, barely able to see and stand up, suffering as my mother did.”
Pentobarbital, also known by the brand name of Nembutal, which is used legally throughout the world to anesthetize and euthanize farm animals and pets, is restricted to the use of veterinarians. But Mexico has lax regulations and it is very easy to get that drug there.
It is being hailed as “the Mexico option” by euthanasia supporters and they say that they are willing to travel as far as Mexico, because pentobarbital is one of the very few drugs that give a reliable and tranquil death by getting the person to sleep before cutting off the breathing.
Australian doctor, Philip Nitschke, who has set up a pro-euthanasia group called Exit International, says, “There are few countries in the world where the drug is as readily available as in Mexico.”
Exit International has helped 250 people from Europe, Australia, New Zealand and United States to get pentobarbital in Mexico over the past few years.
People make this trip to Mexico to get insurance cover and usually people in good health get the drug, so that if they become terminally ill, they are well prepared and this will guarantee a peaceful and quicker exit.
Elderly people in rich nations have started a global debate about the legality of euthanasia and the right of terminally ill people to bring upon their own deaths. These people consider this sort of death to be morally unacceptable and treat euthanasia as a type of murder and voluntary euthanasia as a suicide.
As eerie as all this may sound for people who have not heard of this, there are places like Oregon that are making it legal to be practiced by physicians when necessary.
It is certainly difficult to enter into a debate on whether this is correct or wrong, but living is all about hope and for people to be able to do this to themselves should convey a lot about their inability to go on with their lives.